Parimatch Joins ESIC To Combat eSports Corruption

Global betting company Parimatch has increased its pledge to combat the abuse of sports matches and athletes since entering the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC).

The new membership contributes to FederBet’s existing relationship with Parimatch, which focuses on fighting fraud. The new agreement would make betting data available to ESIC to help identify potential cases of match-fixing and fraud.

Stepan Shulga, head of Esports at Parimatch, commented: “Parimatch stands for complete transparency and honesty in working with its clients. We care about fair play, not only in traditional sports but also in esports, as the fastest growing and most promising category.

“We do not see reason for different approaches to traditional sports and esports, and respect the choice of each fan. That is why we did not hesitate to become a partner to ESIC in the fight against fraud, and thank the ESIC team for their initiative.

“Targeted actions aimed at identifying suspicious matches in esports can help the entire industry to be sustainable and reliable, both for people who are keen on betting and ordinary fans of esports.”

Parimatch emphasised that its participation in the ESIC ‘ underlines its conviction that it is important to foster openness and honesty in traditional sports as much as in football.’ According to ESIC, the number of betting warnings potentially linked to match-fixing has almost doubled between 2017 and 2018, rising from 39 to 74 counts.

Commissioner for ESIC, Ian Smith, has added: “We are delighted to welcome Parimatch into our global anti-match fixing supporter network. To have a key betting operator, with a huge esports offering in Russian language territories, becoming a member is a big step forward for ESIC as we seek to expand our suspicious betting alert system.

“The team at Parimatch has been wonderful and very professional to work with, and we are looking forward to continuing our co-operation with them.”